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Tag Archives: cyber security

Cybercrime Uses Social Engineering Techniques to Steal Employee Credentials and Commit Payroll Diversion

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By Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb Recent developments clearly shows the urgent need for security awareness training. The FBI warned September 18, 2018 about new criminal campaigns that target the online payroll accounts of employees in a variety of industries. METHODOLOGIES “Cybercriminals target employees through phishing emails designed to capture an employee’s login credentials. Once […]

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Best Practices to Keep Your Firm’s Accounting Software Secure

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By guest blogger – Ella Watson. Data is one of the most valuable commodities today. Aside from being used by companies as basis for all kinds of business strategies, it is also what powers most of today’s transformative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, automation tools, and analytics. With big data’s growing importance, several strategic processes […]

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Comparing Cyber Insurance Policies

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I know this is a little off topic as regards CPA professional liability insurance but cyber attacks are increasing in frequency and size (dollar value).  At least monthly (and some times more) we receive calls from panicked firms because of a cyber attack. Good risk management is the best way to reduce the impact of cyber […]

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QBE Cyber Resources – eRiskHub.

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A recent report from Netdilgence highlighted the increasingly difficult cyber risk environment for by business.  A copy of the paper is available  here. CPAGold™ members have access to a broad range of cyber risk services. One of the most useful is the substantial support and resources provided by eRiskHub. eRiskHub offers a range of tools and information […]

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Your Malpractice Insurance Policy May Not Cover You for Fraudulent Wire Transfers

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Back in July 2017 we posted a blog about a protocol to minimize the possibility of a social engineering claim (Go here for the posting). This topic has become of interest to CPAs as the number of spoofing claims has increased.  A recent posting on the KnowBe4 website (go here […]

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W2 Phishing scams

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What has become a common feature of the post-Holiday season is the W2 phishing scam.  This is a sophisticated social engineering attack to dupe clients’ payroll and HR departments into providing W-2 data on employees, to enable the crooks can file fraudulent tax returns.  For several years, these criminals have been the cause of identity […]

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New Media Communication and Professional Liability Insurance

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Last week we received an inquiry from a CPAGold™ member firm regarding text messaging with clients. After discussions with Ralph Picardi the risk consultant for the CPAGold™ program and outside counsel, the consensus was use of texts to communicate with clients is not effective risk management practice. The problem […]

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Today’s Cyber Nightmare.

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM. You could lose many, many hours of sleep if you read every one of the cyber articles that are being aimed at CPAs right now. However, if you haven’t thought about the risks to your firm from cyber attacks the insomnia is probably well deserved. A recent article in […]

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Coverage for Theft of Clients’ Commercial Information.

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. There has been a lot of publicity about hacking attacks on CPA firms.  Most recently, the big four CPA firms have been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised communications, documents and plans of some of their biggest clients. An article in The Guardian newspaper described an attack on […]

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Equifax Breach – what to tell clients

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We have received a number of inquiries from CPA firms asking about what advice they can give to clients to assist them to estsablish whether a client’s Personal Identifiable information has been compromise by the Equifax breach. The following is a draft of a communication that can be modified to fit the needs of your clients here. […]

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